Cannabis water management committee wants your advice

01-06-2020    14:12   |    Greenhouse Grower

The Resource Innovation Institute (RII), a non-profit organization formed to promote energy efficiency for cannabis growers and other crops, announced the formation of a new Water Working Group. The group, comprised of experts in multiple fields and disciplines, is an important part of RII’s push for sustainable water management benchmarks and standards in the fast-growing cannabis agricultural sector.

The Water Working Group will advise RII on a range of issues, including upgrades to its Cannabis PowerScore benchmarking tool to enable governments and other stakeholders a more accurate understanding of cannabis water use, and how geographies and cultivation methods impact usage rates. The group will also counsel RII on its farm outreach strategies to gather best practices.

“Resource Innovation Institute facilitates our multi-disciplinary Technical Advisory Council to provide peer-reviewed objective guidance on how to cultivate cannabis in a resource efficient manner across a variety of grow environments, from indoor to outdoor to greenhouse,” says Derek Smith, Executive Director, RII. “The Water Working Group will be a key contributing body as we expand our breadth of expertise on water issues.”

New candidates will join these previously identified members of the Water Working Group:

  • Hollie Hall, founding Board Member, International Cannabis Farmers Association (Arcata, CA)
  • Chris Dillis, Environmental Scientist and Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, Berkeley
  • Barb Anderson, Water Resources Program Management Analyst, Washington State’s Department of Ecology

RII is accepting applications for the Water Working Group and is seeking experts with cannabis-related experience from the following backgrounds:

  • Environmental non-government organizations
  • Municipal water utilities
  • Water filtration/treatment systems
  • Indoor cultivation
  • Greenhouse cultivation
  • Outdoor cultivation
  • Automated fertigation
  • Dehumidification
  • Drip irrigation manufacturer
  • Soil/media

Smith told Greenhouse Grower in a recent interview that he expects the working group to have new water usage benchmarks to share by December 2020, right around the time of the annual MJBizCon show in Las Vegas, NV.

Interested individuals can access the application here.

Source: Greenhouse Grower

Photo: Jain Irrigation

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